VM deployment

I have two VMware Workstation 12 VMs to be deployed on two Windows 10 laptops.  The VMs are running RHEL 7.  One is a DB server, the other is a web server.  How can I set this up so that the two hosts and the two guests can all communicate without an external network?   Thanks in advance for any help!
Tauni WellsSr. Systems EngineerAsked:
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I expect the two VMware hosts will have static IP address then you can use a crossover LAN cable (or even try a regular LAN cable since the LAN port will autodetect) to connect the two laptops so the two hosts can see each other or likewise, you can use a small hub/switch then connect both laptops to it.  If you prefer to go wireless, then connect both laptops to the same wireless access point.

Providing you have a DNS server in place within the network and running then you should be able to see all the hosts and guests machines otherwise you will have to reference each machine by IP address.
Tauni WellsSr. Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have set static IPs with a crossover cable but don't have DHCP or DNS.  Do I set the gateway to be xxx.xxx.xxx.1 on both hosts?  And how do I set the VM adapters?
You don't need gateway or just put anything for it since none of the machines can get "outside" to the internet anyway so the gateway address value is not applicable.

The VM adapters will be configured just like any internal machine.  For example:

VM adapter for host 1 will be
VM adapter for host 2 will be
VM guest 1 -
VM guest 2 -
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Make sure both VMs are configured for BRIDGED Networking! (VM settings!)
Tauni WellsSr. Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Andrew ... I have two VMs deployed on one laptop (Windows 10)  right now.  VM1 is a DB server using static   VM2 is a web server using static   Host is Windows 10 set to static   Second laptop is Windows 7 set to static   Laptops are connected with a crossover cable.  I've set the virtual network to VMnet0 (bridged).  I can ping all four IPs from any of the four machines.  I can ping VM2 from VM1 by hostname but not from the laptops.  There is an endpoint agent to be installed on each laptop but I continually get the message "unable to connect to remote server" when installing (I've also disabled Windows firewall) .  I can use the hostname:port in a browser and the page opens but I cannot authenticate.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if using hostnames, you may want to use a hosts file on each VM if you have no DNS server.

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Tauni WellsSr. Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew
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